In ENG 270: Foundations of Rhetorical Study, our class had two major projects – a Rhetorical Analysis project and a Tracing Project.
The “Beauty in the Philippines: Materialized Oppression” timeline is the latter.
In the rhetorical analysis project, I focused more on language, examining the rhetoric of the Duterte administration versus that of the Filipino people about the Philippine Drug War. I knew, however, that colonial hauntings today take on a multiplicity of forms beyond language. When Dr. Osborn introduced us to new materialism, I felt inspired to look at pictures, at images as alive with their own rhetorical power in my tracing project. This led me to consider one specific image that, in my eyes, writhed with contradiction – the image of beauty in the Philippines that, with its emphasis on light skin and Eurocentric features, had always excluded brown Pinays like me.
April 22, 2021 – Overview of the Tracing Project in class.
We had discussed Laurie Gries and a new materialist approach to visual rhetorics on April 15th, so I began to think about working with images with that foundation. I also started working on my proposal for this project centered around examining beauty in the Philippines.
April 29, 2021 – Peer review of Tracing Project Proposal in class, I submitted my proposal at the end of the day
May 8, 2021 – In-class Conferencing for Tracing project
May 11, 2021 – Small group sharing of Tracing Project (an informal presentation – an opportunity to ask peers for opinions/ problem-solve any issues). I submitted the Tracing Project at the end of the day